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Suffering from aches and pains can be debilitating and affect your enjoyment of everyday activities, such as walking, which can be frustrating.

When is shock wave therapy needed?

ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy) is an exciting new non-invasive procedure for treatment of plantar fasciitis and tendon problems.

The sound waves promoted during the treatment stimulate healing for many physical disorders including plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis.

The technology has been approved by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), Spire Clinical Governance and the Medical Advisory Committee.

What's the advantage of ESWT?

  • No anaesthesia
  • Non invasive
  • No medication
  • No surgery
  • Fast treatment - 30 minutes per session, 3-4 sessions required
  • Fewer complications
  • Virtually painless after treatment
  • Quick recovery and quick results

At Spire Wellesley Hospital in Southend, Essex, expert surgeons carry out extracorporeal shock wave therapy in a clean and safe private hospital environment to patients of Southend-on-Sea and the surrounding areas whether you are insured or paying for private treatment.

Those wishing to pay for one off private treatment can agree a fixed inclusive package price in advance with our self-pay treatment advisers. To book an appointment with one of our expert surgeons call us on 01702 447 926.

Who will do it?

All of our specialists are of the highest standard and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our specialists often hold NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for shock wave therapy

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

Shock wave therapy procedure

  • A shockwave is generated in the hand piece
  • The shockwave is delivered to the tissue via a compressed air impulse exerted by the hand piece
  • The shockwave radiates out, extending to the entire area where pain occurs
  • Usually no more than 3-4 sessions are needed
  • Per session: approximately 2000 impulses at 2.5 bars and 4000 impulses for trigger point treatment
  • No anaesthetic is required
  • No surgery or other therapy is required and treatment can usually start straight away

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy at Essex's Spire Wellesley private Hospital is open to all.  If you do not have private medical insurance and would like to cover the cost of your own treatment, please call us for a fixed package price on 01702 447 926

Shock wave therapy recovery time

ESWT is carried out in an outpatient’s environment and requires no injections, medication or surgery; therefore you can expect to be home the same day. Patients often require one to three sessions at short intervals. However your consultant will advise you individually as per your case.

Most patients find considerable relief from shoulder pain, heel pain or achilles tendon in just eight to ten days following the first application.

Why Spire Wellesley Hospital is the best choice for shock wave therapy

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is undertaken at Spire Wellesley private hospital in Southend-on-Sea, Essex by our expert consultant surgeons on an outpatient basis, so there's no need for you to stay overnight away from home. We are pleased to provide free parking for our patients that are visiting us by car, or are just a short taxi ride from two main line railway stations for those using public transport.  

Shock wave therapy cost

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

You can trust Spire Wellesley Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.

We’re here to help you with making these important choices, so you’re then free to concentrate on your treatment and on getting back to being you.

(1) Important: Please read Spire’s terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself.

(2) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Find Spire Wellesley Hospital, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 4XH

Southend-on-Sea is only 20 miles from the M25 and Spire Wellesley Hospital is a couple of miles from the town centre, just off the A127. We are short taxi ride from the train station, which has a fast and regular connection to London Liverpool Street.

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Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.